~Una Merkel~

Born: December 10, 1903 in Covington, Kentucky, USA
Died: January  2, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA
~Biography~
Although she is best known for her later work, Una Merkel actually started in film in 1920 as Lillian
Gish's stand-in for Way Down East. After a stage career in the 1920s, she returned to films as Ann
Rutledge in D. W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln (1930). The vivacious character actress brightened up
dozens of films, playing mostly comic roles interspersed with an occasional dramatic part. Films to watch
include Dangerous Female (1931); Private Lives (1931); Red-Headed Woman (1932); 42nd Street
(1933), the film in which she memorably says of Ginger Rogers' character Anytime Annie: "The only time
she ever said no she didn't hear the question;" The Merry Widow (both 1934 and 1952); Broadway
Melody of 1936 (1935); Born to Dance (1936); Destry Rides Again (1939), where she and Marlene
Dietrich have a frenzied hair-pulling battle over the hapless Mischa Auer; On Borrowed Time (1939); The
Bank Dick (1940); Road to Zanzibar (1941); This Is the Army (1943); With a Song in My Heart (1952);
and The Parent Trap (1961), among many others. In 1956, she won a Tony Award for The Ponder Heart
and in 1961 was nominated for an Academy Award for Summer and Smoke in the role she had originated
on the stage.

Biography from AllMovie.com
~Filmography~
I Spy (TV Series) (1968)
- Home to Judgment (1968) ... Aunt Alta
Spinout (1966) ... Violet Ranley
Burke's Law (TV Series) (1963-1965)
- Who Killed the Rabbit's Husband? (1965) ... Clara Lovelace
- Who Killed the Strangler? (1965) ... Mrs. Thomas Barrett
- Who Killed Cynthia Royal? (1963) ... Miss Samantha Cartier
The Cara Williams Show (TV Series) (1964)
- Amelia Hofstetter, Please Go Home (1964) ... Amelia Hofstetter
A Tiger Walks (1964) ... Mrs. Watkins
Destry (TV Series) (1964)
- Law and Order Day (1964) ... Granny Farrell
The Bill Dana Show (TV Series) (1963)
- The Poker Game (1963) ... Mrs. Hatten
Summer Magic (1963) ... Mariah Popham
The Real McCoys (TV Series) (1962)
- The New Housekeeper (1962) ... Mrs. Gaylord
Summer and Smoke (1961) ... Mrs. Winemiller
The Parent Trap (1961) ... Verbena

The Mating Game (1959) ... Ma Larkin
The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (1958)
- Flint and Fire (1958)
The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) (1958)
- Cole Porter's 'Aladdin' (1958) ... Aladdin's Mother
The Girl Most Likely (1958) ... Mother
Climax! (TV Series) (1957)
- The Secret of the Red Room (1957) ... Maud
The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957) ... Bertha
The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) (1957)
- Freddie and the Happy Helper (1957) ... Mrs. Van Wyck
Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (1957)
- The Greer Case (1957) ... Louise Hoagland
Bundle of Joy (1956) ... Mrs. Dugan
Calling Terry Conway (TV Movie) (1956) ... Pearl McGrath
The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) ... Miss Bedelia Baines
Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (1955)
- Trucks Welcome (1955)
The Kentuckian (1955) ... Sophie Wakefield
Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (1955)
- Two Little Minks (1954) ... Parsis McHugh
Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City (TV Series) (1953)
- Miracle in the Rain (1953)
Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series) (1953)
- The Monkey's Paw (1953)
I Love Melvin (1953) ... Mom Schneider
1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Secretary
- Guardian of the Clock (1953) ... Secretary
1952 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Rose Barton
- My Wife Geraldine (1952) ... Rose Barton
The Merry Widow (1952) ... Kitty Riley
With a Song in My Heart (1952) ... Sister Marie
Golden Girl (1951) ... Mary Ann Crabtree
A Millionaire for Christy (1951) ... Patsy Clifford
Rich, Young and Pretty (1951) ... Glynnie
Emergency Wedding (1950) ... Emma - Nurse / Receptionist
My Blue Heaven (1950) ... Miss Irma Gilbert
Kill the Umpire (1950) ... Betty Johnson

The Man from Texas (1948) ... Widow Weeks
The Bride Goes Wild (1948) ... Miss Doberly
It's a Joke, Son! (1947) ... Mrs.Magnolia Claghorn
Sweethearts of the U.S.A. (1944) ... Patsy Wilkins
To Heir Is Human (Short) (1944) ... Una
Quack Service (Short) (1943) ... Daffy
This Is the Army (1943) ... Rose Dibble
Twin Beds (1942) ... Lydia
The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942) ... Aunt Margaret Wentworth
Cracked Nuts (1941) ... Sharon Knight
Road to Zanzibar (1941) ... Julia Quimby
Double Date (1941) ... Aunt Elsie Kirkland
The Bank Dick (1940) ... Myrtle Sousé
Sandy Gets Her Man (1940) ... Nan Clark
Comin' Round the Mountain (1940) ... Belinda Watters

Destry Rides Again (1939) ... Lily Belle
On Borrowed Time (1939) ... Marcia Giles
Some Like It Hot (1939) ... Flo Saunders
Four Girls in White (1939) ... Gertie Robbins
True Confession (1937) ... Daisy McClure
Checkers (1937) ... Mamie Appleby
Saratoga (1937) ... Fritzi
Good Old Soak (1937) ... Nellie
Don't Tell the Wife (1937) ... Nancy Dorsey
Born to Dance (1936) ... Jenny Saks
We Went to College (1936) ... Susan Standis
Speed (1936) ... Josephine Sanderson
Riffraff (1936) ... Lil
It's in the Air (1935) ... Alice Lane Churchill
Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) ... Kitty Corbett
Murder in the Fleet (1935) ... 'Toots' Timmons
Baby Face Harrington (1935) ... Millicent
One New York Night (1935) ... Phoebe
The Night Is Young (1935) ... Fanni Kerner
Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1935) ... Slade Kinnicott
Evelyn Prentice (1934) ... Amy Drexel
The Merry Widow (1934) ... Queen Dolores
Have a Heart (1934) ... Joan O'Day
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) ... Gwen
The Cat's-Paw (1934) ... Pet Pratt
Paris Interlude (1934) ... Cassie
Murder in the Private Car (1934) ... Georgia Latham
This Side of Heaven (1934) ... Birdie
The Women in His Life (1933) ... Miss 'Simmy' Simmons
Day of Reckoning (1933) ... Mamie
Bombshell (1933) ... Mac
Menu (Short) (1933) ... Mrs. Omsk (uncredited)
Beauty for Sale (1933) ... Carol Merrick
Broadway to Hollywood (1933) ... Flirt in Audience (uncredited)
Her First Mate (1933) ... Hattie
Midnight Mary (1933) ... Bunny
Reunion in Vienna (1933) ... Ilsa Hinrich
Clear All Wires! (1933) ... Dolly
42nd Street (1933) ... Lorraine Fleming
The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933) ... Ella
Whistling in the Dark (1933) ... Toby Van Buren
Men Are Such Fools (1932) ... Molly
They Call It Sin (1932) ... Dixie Dare
Red-Headed Woman (1932) ... Sally
Huddle (1932) ... Thelma
Man Wanted (1932) ... Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman
The Impatient Maiden (1932) ... Betty Merrick
She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) ... Mary Taylor
Private Lives (1931) ... Sibyl Chase
The Secret Witness (1931) ... Lois Martin
Wicked (1931) ... June
The Bargain (1931) ... Etta
Daddy Long Legs (1931) ... Sally McBride
The Maltese Falcon (1931) ... Effie Perine
6 Cylinder Love (1931) .... Margaret Rogers
Don't Bet on Women (1931) ... Tallulah Hope
Command Performance (1931) ... Princess Katerina
The Bat Whispers (1930) ... Dale Van Gorder
The Eyes of the World (1930) ... Sybil
Abraham Lincoln (1930) ... Ann Rutledge

The Wind (1928) .... Lillian Gish Stand-in
The Fifth Horseman (1924) .... Dorothy
Love's Old Sweet Song (1923)
The White Rose (1923) ... Stand In
Way Down East (1920) ... Lillian Gish Stand-In